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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Florida Gives Preliminary Okay to Southern Co. Orlando Plant

LCG, May 4, 2001The Southern Co. said yesterday that the Florida Public Service Commission had given it preliminary approval for a planned 633 megawatt power project in Orlando.

Southern is teaming on the project with the Orlando Public Utilities Commission, operator of the city's municipal utility, the Kissimee Utility Authority and the Florida Municipal Power Agency.

The plant will be built at the Orlando muni's Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center, Southern said, and construction could begin as early as this fall if remaining approvals are received.

The plant still needs approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the state siting committee, which consists of the governor and his cabinet.

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